Luke Sawczak
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What media did Irenaeus used to write his letters?
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First, note that Eusebius doesn't tell us what material Irenæus used, but what material he himself didn't use. Today I could make the same poetic distinction, albeit a somewhat lamer version: He sent ...

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Did ancient people understand divinity in the same way we do today?
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"Ancient people" are a very broad group culturally, geographically, and temporally. Their beliefs were extremely varied and rich, and probably included most things people think today, ...

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How do we know who ancient sculptures depict?
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I've gathered that there are a few ways, having wondered that myself. A few paths are (1) corroboration, (2) chronological probability and (3) symbolic (internal) significance. Corroboration can be ...

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What is the significance behind "40 days" that often appears in the Bible?
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Motivation for the answer I'll take a literary approach, aiming less at the surrounding historical context and more at an internal analysis of what "significance" the document's authors intended to ...

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Wouldn't shortening the front also shorten it for the enemy?
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Imagine you're in your house in a horror movie and you know there's a murderer outside trying to get in. You do have a weapon, but you live in a rural area and can't get help quickly. The more windows ...

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Did most major ancient cultures (e.g. the Mesopotamians) consider the heart as the main cognitive organ?
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This is not a definitive answer, but I just read some lists of proverbs from various cultures and compiled a few below. The two things I would say are held in common by the samples below: The heart ...

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Were ancient people interested in archaeology?
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In his commentary on Beowulf, Tolkien makes the point that the dragon's hoard of gold in his barrow represents an ancient view of archaeology, of an attempt to explain remnants of older civilization: ...

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Were ancient people interested in archaeology?
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In the biblical book of 2nd Kings chapter 22, there's the story of Josiah repairing the temple and his high priest discovering an old scroll of the Torah. They have it read out to the court, realize ...

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